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Quality Assurance Lead

Printa Aijth
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It has taken time, patience and confidence to establish my voice as a woman in the technology and engineering industry – but the progress I have seen in this time gives me hope for future generations.

Growing up as a child in Aurangabad, India, I dreamed of one day becoming a teacher. I enjoyed showing others what to do, how to solve problems, and how to achieve their potential. These were soft skills; all of which became important in my journey into the technology industry.

I proudly graduated from university with a degree in Computer Science, and by the time I started my career I had developed a burning passion for everything IT. Although I was delighted to be pursuing my dream role, I was faced with some initial challenges in the workplace and sometimes found it difficult to be taken seriously as a woman in this space. Surrounded by many different colleagues and clients, from various backgrounds and with differing attitudes, I had to adapt quickly to find my voice.

I learned a lot from these early experiences, and through developing my skills, taking opportunities, and building my confidence, I established myself in the industry and continued to grow my career.

It has taken time, patience and confidence to establish my voice as a woman in the STEM industry

Since joining Expleo (then Verisoft) in India in 2009, I have relocated to the UK, progressed from a Test Analyst to a Quality Assurance Lead, and most recently graduated from Expleo’s Quality Engineering (QE) Enablement programme; all whilst balancing a busy home life and being a mother. Expleo has supported me throughout my journey, giving me the opportunity to develop new skills, grow my knowledge, and push the boundaries within my profession; helping to keep my passion alive.

Today, I can feel that the world is progressing, and with it, we are creating a much more accepting and open environment for all backgrounds and genders in the STEM community. Although there is still some work to be done in becoming a truly equal industry, I feel proud to be in the position that I’m in today, and optimistic that future generations of women will follow their passions in technology and engineering – and become very successful!

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What is your name and your role and how long have you been working at Expleo?

This year I’m celebrating my 12th year at Expleo. I started my career at Expleo as a Quality Auditor contractor, and then was offered a Staff position in the Life Cycle Management team, where I became a Deputy Team Lead, after which there was another promotion opportunity to an Engineering Manager, and later I was able to join our Marine division where I currently work.

Where and how long did you serve in the armed forces?

I served in the Air Force just shy of 25 years. I started my career as an Aero Engines Mechanic. My first posting was at Brize Norton working on VC 10s, Tri Stars & Hercules Aircraft. Then I went on to a technician’s course and became a Junior Technician, and then progressed into a leadership position as a Sergeant. I left the Air Force as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer.  

Robert Mathews
Rob in 2022 post remembrance parade in his local village. Remembrance day is very important to serving and veterans of the forces as it gives a chance to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country

What challenges did you have after leaving the Armed Forces?

My main challenge was worrying about Job Security. My manager was very supportive when I was still a contractor at Expleo and he transferred me over from contractor to permanent staff. I remember the conversation I had with him about the opportunities for secure job security and promotion.

And he said: “At Expleo, opportunities are out there for you, so go and get them”. And he was right, there are plenty of opportunities at Expleo. You just have to seize them. And every time I saw an opportunity at Expleo, I just went for it. 

I transferred a lot of my skills over to Expleo. For instance, the aircraft and engine experience, experience in fault diagnosis, and more in-depth engineering project management and of course my leadership & Management Skills 

How did Expleo help you to transition into your civilian job?

I found it quite an easy transition, as there were a lot of ex-forces colleagues within Expleo when I joined, some of which I knew already. For those that didn’t have a military background they were equally as welcoming.

How do you feel Expleo allows you to use your expertise you gained during your service?

Expleo gave me the freedom to use my transferable skills that I gained in the Air Force. My manager and colleagues had an open mindset for my ideas. I could bring those ideas into the office and illustrate how they could be implemented within a business setting They very much welcomed my ideas about improvements, and there is always an open environment for sharing ideas and previous knowledge. I also completed an Expleo Leadership Management course, which differed to the one I had in the Air Force. Combining the two gave me a much more rounded leadership and management mindset.

How do you connect with other members of the Armed Forces Community at Expleo?

I participate in careers transition workshops supporting recruiters. When Ex-Forces are looking for a new career, I attend the workshops chatting to the Armed Forces community sharing my experience and what I have learned.

What advice would you give to other members of the Armed Forces Community who are planning to join Expleo?

Expleo has many different opportunities, whether it be leadership management, various jobs in engineering, project management etc. Don’t think that you don’t have the skill set to join Expleo. It is within you; you do have those skills and Expleo can bring out these skills in people.

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